Doherty family Tree traced back 46 generations!
Fergus Gillespie of the Office of the Chief Herald in Dublin, compiled for Derry Genealogy, for the Irish Homecoming Festival in September 1992, a chart which, on the male line, recorded the ancestors of Ramon O’Dogherty, “Chief of the Name”, back through 46 generations to Niall of the Nine Hostages, King of Tara and High King of Ireland who was slain c. 450 AD.
Ramon O’Dogherty (born 1919), resident in Cadiz, Spain, was recognised in 1990 in a ceremony held during the worldwide reunion of the Doherty/O'Doherty clan in Derry and Inishowen as ‘O Dochartaigh Inis Eoghain (O Dogherty of Inishowen), Chief of the Name’.
Ramon is a direct descendant of Sean O’Dogherty; brother of Sir Cathaoir, Lord of Inishowen (in Donegal), the last chief of the O’Dohertys prior to the Plantation of Ulster. Cathaoir was killed near Kilmacrenan, Donegal in war with the English in 1608.
The founder of the Spanish branch of the O’Doghertys was John who, on the death of his father Eoghan in 1784, came out with his brothers Henry and Clinton Dillon to pursue a career in the Spanish Navy, the most exclusive branch of the Spanish armed forces. Entry required them to show their genealogy, proving noble origin. In 1790 the King of Arms in Dublin Castle confirmed the three brothers as being “descended in a direct line from Shane or Sir John O’Dogherty, Chief of Innish-Owen”.
Many of the prominent surnames of Gaelic origin in Counties Derry, Donegal and Tyrone today trace their descent from Niall of the Nine Hostages, and, in particular, from two of his sons Eoghan and Conall Gulban.
Those tracing descent from Eoghan
include: Brolly, Carlin, Devlin, Donnelly, Duddy, Duffy, Farren, Gormley, Hegarty, McCloskey, McLaughlin, Mellon, Mullen, O’Hagan, O’Kane, O’Neill, Quinn and Toner. From Conall Gulban
: Doherty, Friel, Gallagher, McCafferty, McDaid, McDevitt and O’Donnell.
The Genealogical Office manuscript collections (GO Ms) in the Office of the Chief Herald at the National Library of Ireland, Dublin are the most important source for the genealogies of Gaelic families. To find out more about the Office of the Chief Herald and its manuscript collections select ‘Heraldry’ at www.nli.ie
. Genealogical Office manuscripts can be accessed in the Manuscripts Reading Room in the National Library of Ireland.
For example, in the National Library of Ireland, Dublin at reference Ms. 27,711 (c) the following typescript signed by the author can be found, History of the O'Dogherty family of Inishowen and Spain by Ramón Salvador O'Dogherty Sanchez of Spain